21 Jul '11, 6am

Fresh riots at Australian immigration centre

SYDNEY: Australia's troubled Christmas Island detention centre was rocked by a second night of unrest, officials said Thursday, with police firing tear gas and non-lethal rounds at rioting inmates. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said between 20 and 40 immigration detainees "engaged again in vandalism and violence" on Wednesday night, with a building set alight at the remote Indian Ocean centre. "The federal police again took action and they used, I'm advised, gas and bean bag rounds," Bowen told reporters. Tear gas, flash and acoustic weapons and "bean bag" or fabric rounds filled with lead shot were fired on about 50 detainees during riots Tuesday night, the second time in as many months Christmas Island has erupted in protest. Australia has a mandatory detention policy for asylum seekers arriving by boat, most on leaky vessels through a popular people smuggling corrido...

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